10 Waxing Dos And Don’ts
10 Waxing Dos And Don’ts
Between music festivals, beach days and cottage weekends, we have to make sure our waxing game is on point this summer.
We went to Lexi Miles, founder of WAXON Waxbars, and asked her to dish on what she’s learned while operating one of the countrys most successful wax bars. Her answers may surprise you!
Check out these 10 dos and don’ts when it comes to waxing.
DO: Look into your waxer’s practices.
Miles recommends going somewhere that doesn’t double dip, which means using the same stick more than once while waxing. Also, look for an aesthetician that wears gloves and cleanses the area to be waxed before applying the sticky stuff. Cleansing before waxing helps to prep the skin and follicles for what’s about to happen.
DON’T: Go in expecting a pain-free experience.
“There is no such thing as painless waxing,” cautions Miles. “There is less painful waxing." For example, your waxer should never exclusively use strip wax for bikini and Brazilian waxes. (This is when a hot wax is applied to the hair, then covered by cloth strips and ripped off.) Instead, Miles recommends a strip-free, low-temperature wax product, which is applied directly to the area and peeled off in its entirety once cool. The hotter strip wax can then be used to remove any residual hair.
Talk to your waxer about a low-temperature wax and ask if they offer waxes with healing ingredients like titanium dioxide, which can reduce redness and soreness even when you go over the same spot multiple times. And always note: “There should be multiple waxes used on different spots [of the body].” So make sure your waxer has a few different types on hand.
DO: Wax before your faux tan.
“If you’re planning on getting a spray tan have your legs waxed 24 to 48 hours beforehand." Miles told us. “Waxing is a natural exfoliant and will help your spray tan last longer.” Make sure to book these appointments accordingly, whether you’re spray tanning at a spa or DIY-ing it at home.
DON’T: Forget your arms.
“I find arms are underrated,” Miles mentions. “They are my favourite to wax. When you put on self tanner, it helps to make you look more glowy and leaner.” Consider us interested.
DO: Exfoliate. A lot.
You may have heard this before, but it bears repeating. “Make sure to exfoliate within 24 hours, even up to the hour before [your appointment],” Miles notes. “This will help with pain and will prep the hair follicle for the hair to be removed.” Exfoliating before you wax — either with a body scrub or a dry brush — will also help prevent in-grown hairs. Additionally, it's good practice to exfoliate two to three times per week between appointments. This will ensure the skin stays smooth, as well as keep in-growns at bay.
DO: Make sure hair is a certain length.
“We always say the length of a grain of rice,” says Miles. “Any longer, there will be more tugging and it will be more painful. Any shorter and they might not get all hair.”
DON’T: Forget to moisturize.
“Always hydrate the skin,” recommends Miles. Along with exfoliation, this will help to reduce in-gown hairs in between appointments. Miles also suggests trying an aloe-based, in-grown hair serum, such as Prince Reigns, to use after and in-between each appointment in order to prevent in-growns.
DON’T: Shave. Ever.
Shaving in-between your regular waxing appointments is a big no-no. It not only messes with the hair growth cycle, but it changes the texture of the hair and leads to more in-growns. Furthermore, it may make your next wax more difficult and more painful than if you had simply stuck to waxing. However, if you're absolutely desperate (like if you've booked a last-minute getaway, for example), there are ways to get smooth fast. “You can use one of our waxes, called Lycon, if you’re in an emergency situation,” says Miles, who adds that a good waxer can look at the length of the hair and get what they can. Depending on the amount of regrowth, you can always pluck a few strays, if need be. Keep in mind that “it is really important to get your hair into the growth cycle," so sticking to your regular appointments is ideal.
DO: Watch what you put on your skin post wax.
Try to stay away from anything heavily fragranced, as this can irritate your already sensitive skin. Look for products with aloe or arnica oil, which can actually pull out heat from tender areas. Coconut oil and hydrocortisone creams can be helpful as well.
DON’T: Get waxed near your time of the month.
The week before or week after your period will always be more painful, so try to avoid that time of the month when you can, says Miles. And if pain is still an issue, “pop a Tylenol or use a numbing cream.” This is especially true you’re pregnant, as hormonal changes cause the skin to be more itchy and painful than usual, so look to these products to help ease the process.